On Quitting A Job: Doing It Ethically

Phoenix Montoya By Phoenix Montoya, 1st Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1nq.6.hx/
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Is the salary not enough? Are you having problems with your boss or a colleague? You are fed up with the company's regulations?!

Keep Your Head Cool

There are lots of reasons why a person would quit his job. Some of these can really get in one’s nerve that all he wants to do is shout resignation on his boss's face and then, stomped out of the office without looking back. This could be satisfying letting it all out. But, take a deep breath and think it over.

If you are single, your reputation is at hand. If you are married, your good name and your family are at stake. Sure you can quit. They can't stop you if you really want to. But do this calmly.

Make Your First Step

Look for job opportunities in the classified ads. Make inquires and seek aid from you families and friends.


Opportunities do not come instantly. They do come along eventually. You just have to be patient and be aware. Sometimes, opportunities arrive without you knowing it.

Analyze Your Prospect

Do not grab a job offer at once. But take a small hold of it and ask for allowance to think it over. Analyze the company if it would suit you. You do not want to jump from the frying pan and into the fire.

Grab It

If you are already decided, go ahead. Get on with the interview and make the necessary arrangements. Be frank about the work status- their expectations and yours.

Notify Your Employer

Do this at once. The sooner, the better. Whether your boss is an angel or the other one, you can find saying goodbye difficult. While the good boss will try to persuade you not to leave, the other type might try to pressure you before letting you go. But get on with it. Do it for their own benefit that they can have adjustments or even hire someone to replace you.

Be professional in explaining your side. Family, health and money matters are reasonable.

If a co-worker had been a problem; your boss's nasty ways; or the company's ill management, try not to point the following as your cause for resignation. A company has its own reason for its regulations and therefore, it won't change for you. Raising a personal issue with a boss or a colleague could result to some scandal.
You may think you are just having your vengeance never the less, it could backfire, ruining your good name. It is more professional to leave your position in a quiet way. Anyway, like it or not, you may still use your old company’s services in the future.

Patience Is Virtue

So, do you really want to quit? We tend to experience work problems from time to time. Boredom from our day to day routines get into us, that we want to explore new horizons. We want to meet new people or even new friends. We want to earn more. There is nothing wrong in searching for better opportunities. The thing is we should do this the proper way.

(C) Phoenix Montoya @ April 21, 2009


Boss Problem, Quitting A Job, Resignation Ethics, Salary Problem

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author avatar Phoenix Montoya
Phoenix is a drug trader and a small time computer service entrepreneur. She enjoys writing about medicine, animals, music, current issues and other stuff. She is also a fan of creative writing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

I had to quit a job recently. I handled it very professionally, working 2 extra weeks when I could have just walked off the job. The employment insurance agent here told me I was more than justified in leaving under the circumstances.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Wonderfully useful ideas while contemplating to quit a job.

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author avatar Set Free
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Very important advice on quitting a job ethically. We should not burn bridges. I like what you said. Don't mention negatives.

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